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October 9, 2012 > International Walk & Roll to School Day

International Walk & Roll to School Day

Alameda CTC Board Chair Mark Green kicked off event on October 3, 2012

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

Students from 99 elementary, middle and high schools in Alameda County walked, cycled, scootered, carpooled and rode transit to school with parents, teachers and community leaders on International Walk & Roll to School Day.

Sponsored by Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), the October 3, 2012 event was the largest on record with almost 60,000 students participating. Officials throughout Alameda County joined the festivities, including several Alameda CTC Commissioners - County Supervisors Scott Haggerty (Dublin High School) and Wilma Chan (Grant Elementary); Alameda CTC Board Chair and Union City Mayor Mark Green (Delaine Eastin Elementary); San Leandro Vice Mayor Michael Gregory (McKinley Elementary); and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti (Dublin High School).

The event is part of Alameda County's Safe Routes to Schools Program, a countywide collaboration that promotes safe walking and biking to school. International Walk and Roll to School Day kicks off a full school year of Safe Routes to Schools programming to encourage walking and bicycling to school, as well as carpooling and public transit use to promote healthy habits and improve air quality.

Alameda CTC will complete the final draft of the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans in October 2012. The update process, which began in May 2010, has included extensive outreach to and input from the public. The 2012 Final Draft Plans reflect current bicycling and walking conditions, needs and priorities in Alameda County. Plans will identify countywide capital bike/ped project and program priorities and will guide the allocation of countywide funds to 2040. Final Draft Plans are expected to be approved by the Alameda County Transportation Commission on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

To ensure continued investments in walking and biking programs, the Alameda CTC developed the 2012 Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which will be funded by Measure B1, if approved by voters on November 6, 2012. The TEP would bring in the highest amount of funding for pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure and programs in the County to date, including increased funding for Safe Routes to Schools.

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